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12 Days Ethiopia & Djibouti Safari

12 Days Ethiopia Djibouti Safari will present to you an opportunity to get exposed to the top ethnic & natural high spot from countries of Ethiopia & Djibouti, be able to tour places such as, the palaces & castles positioned in the ancient regal of Gondar, the imposing rock –hewn churches in Lalibela plus the striking settings of Simien Mountains National Park. For Djibouti destinations such as Lac Abbe, Lac Assal, also engage yourself in the activity of swaying into the Golf of Tadjoura with the Whale Sharks.  

Highlights 12 Days Ethiopia Djibouti Safari

  • Day 1: Arrival in Ethiopia
  • Day 2: Discover the Highlights of Gondar
  • Day 3: Hike in Simien Mountains National Park
  • Day 4: Engage in a Nature Walk & return to Gondar
  • Day 5:  Tour of the Rock-Hewn churches of Lalibela
  • Day 6:  Culture & coffee in Lalibela
  • Day 7:  Via Addis Ababa to Djibouti
  • Day 8:  Diving with Whale Sharks
  • Day 9:  Overnight tour to the Salt Lake ‘Lac Abbe’
  • Day 10: Tour to Assal & on to Plage des Sables Blancs
  • Day 11:  Les Sables Blancs & return to Djibouti city
  • Day 12: Departure

Detailed Itinerary 12 Days Ethiopia Djibouti Safari

Day 1: Arrival in Ethiopia

On your arrival at the Airport you will highly be welcomed & received by the driver guide who will transfer you to where you will have to check in. You can still have chance to tour places like around the town, unique sites like the National Museum, Ethnological Museum plus the Holy Trinity cathedral, all only toured if time does allow you on your arrival day. Dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation – Arequ Guesthouse

Day 2: Discover the Highlights of Gondar

Breakfast, transfer to Bole International Airport then hook an inland flight to Gondar, on arrival, a driver guide will transfer you to where you will check in, get ready to discover the stimulating regal & prehistoric Gondar town.

Then tour Fasil Ghebbi- ‘the Royal Enclosure’- evidently contains a series of fortresses & forts outstanding in the enclosure walls which does testify the finery of this anterior regal center. 

Proceed to discover the Fasiledes pool/ Bath, – ‘basically constructed by the Emperor to proof his true faith in the Orthodox belief’& it was purposely used for carrying out religious festivities of which they are still preserved until to –date. Now this pool once a year is full to capacity when it comes to celebrating the Timkat festival, since it is said to be filled with sanctified water & devotees are permitted to dive & swim in it during the ritualistic imitation of Christ’s baptism in River Jordan.

In the afternoon you can engage in touring the Debre Berhan Selassie church possessing ceilings that are stunningly tinted. Dinner & overnight stay

Accommodation – Mayleko Lodge

Day 3: Hike in Simien Mountains National Park

Simien Mountains National Park
Simien Mountains National Park

Enjoy your morning breakfast, then proceed towards the Northern direction to the outstanding Simien Mountains National Park.

This National Park is characterized with a range of unusual wild game due to the existence of the high altitude levels therein including Gelada Baboon, Walia ibex, a range of birds plus the infrequent Ethiopian Wolf- containing an approximate populace of 50 in this National Park in the entire country out of the huge total populace of 400.

As you transfer you will drop via the park’s head offices in Debark where your permits will be organized, look out for your Trek (the activity takes about 1-6hrs), & also a mass binding guide.

You will be able to spot the gorgeous setting of Simien mountains, also run into the widely spread Gelada Baboon (they are red chested creatures & so outgoing). Check in, Dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation – Limalimo Lodge

Day 4: Engage in a Nature Walk & return to Gondar

Breakfast, then engage in a Nature walk along the cliff/Escarpment verge & relish the striking sights, spot a range of birds of quarry surrounding you, more so you could be lucky to spot the Gelada Baboons which could be strolling.

Have lunch & then embark on your journey back to Gondar town. Dinner & overnight stay

Accommodation – Mayleko Lodge

Day 5:  Tour of the Rock-Hewn churches of Lalibela

Rock-Hewn churches
Rock-Hewn churches

After breakfast, transfer to the Airport where you will catch up for an inland flight straight to Lalibela- perforated town highly recognized in Ethiopia ranking the 2nd position to Axum, & essential hub for excursion/ Pilgrimage.

In this city, it repeatedly parades vicars/priests & masses humming & swaying/dancing devotees (Religious rituals), plus its expression of the unique past & structural design this alone offers a scriptural & unending heaven for this trivial city. Its hugest lure are the colossal Rock-hewn churches that are the prime temples globally & as well inclusive under the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Bet Giyorgis (St. George’s), which is raised 15m high, sliced out of the rock, both outwardly & inside quarried into the Greek cross silhouette, also a single detail is that, this church is referred to as the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’. Dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation –Maribela Hotel

Day 6:  Culture & coffee in Lalibela

Lalibela town does contain a series of churches & convents that are designed into the setting, among them is the one we yet to tour after breakfast. Proceed to the lovely Yemerehana Christos Monastery (one of Ethiopia’s finely protected late Aksumite churches) in a distance of about 50km transfer, & evidently this structure is built using stone & wood plus, you could lengthily move inside this structure, get chance to spot the walls that are tinted with the murals-that are Bible representing. 

Then in the afternoon retire to Lalibela where you will get an opportunity to relish the formality of the outmoded/ old fashioned Ethiopian coffee. This is an incredible trip that will take you through all the steps of how this coffee is primed, concocted & also taste it-an outstanding activity traditionally in the country of Ethiopia. Dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation – Maribela Hotel

Day 7:  Via Addis Ababa to Djibouti

Enjoy your breakfast, then be transferred to the Airport so as to catch up for an inland flight to Addis-Ababa, on your arrival you will then link up for an international flight to the country of Djibouti.

On your arrival you will be picked & transferred by the driver guide to where you will check in either in a Hotel, lodge/guesthouse. Reliant on the time allowance, then you can be able to visit places around the city, local markets, etc. Dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation – Les Acacias Hotel

Day 8:  Diving with Whale Sharks

Have breakfast & then continue to the haven where you will have a reserved boat taking you down to the Arta beach coastline where you will relish swimming with the unbelievable Whale Sharks, such a lovely experience though. Dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation – Les Acacias Hotel

Day 9:  Overnight tour to the Salt Lake ‘Lac Abbe’

Breakfast, then transfer to Lac Abbe –categorized under the salty lakes bordering Djibouti & Ethiopia, settling in a distant despair that has been generated by the Earth’s tectonic cups separating from one another. These salty cups are characterized with features such as being spotted with soaring steam-spewing marble flues (some are tall by 50m), they also expanse for kilometers. 

Accommodation – Asboley Camp

Day 10: Tour to Assal & on to Plage des Sables Blancs

Enjoy your breakfast, transfer to Lac Assal-a crater type of lake that settles 155m, ranking the 3rd lowermost socket globally & lowest point in Africa. Then proceed to Plage des Sables Blancs, where you will pass via the city of Tadjoura which is a cultural hub for the Afar Sultanate, & it is well branded with a range of mosques & the glossy white structures. Dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation – Hotel Bungalows 

Day 11:  Les Sables Blancs & return to Djibouti city

Morning breakfast, & since you are close to the shoreline, then you are able to get an opportunity to engage in activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling. This destination does contain outstanding features like the corals & varied sorts of curious fish therein. Dinner & overnight stay.

Accommodation – Les Acacias Hotel

Day 12: Departure

Breakfast, after transfer to the Airport for your departure flight back home, concluding your 12Days Ethiopia & Djibouti safari.

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